Plunge into the New Year at the 2015 Polar Bear Swim!

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There’s nothing quite like shaking off a hangover by plunging into the frigid waters of English Bay with thousands of other like-minded (read: crazy) individuals. This year, why not kick off 2015 right — with a mild case of hypothermia and an endless stream of shivers?

First started in 1920, the Polar Bear Swim was organized by the Polar Bear Swim club (if you want to join and get a free button, membership is free) who got 10 people to plunge into the water on New Years Day. Nowadays, more than 2,000 people are likely to show up (2014 had the record year with 2,550 official participants) and costumes are highly encouraged.

If you want to try the Polar Bear Swim this year, or if you’d rather just watch, head to the English Bay Bathhouse at 1700 Beach Avenue on Thursday, January 1st, 2015 from 12:30 – 2:30.

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If you don’t feel like making the trek to Vancouver, there are multiple other New Year’s Day Plunges, including:

The North Vancouver Penguin Plunge 2014 – Presented by Deep Cove Outdoor and Deep Cove Kayak & Canoe, this plunge takes place at Panorama Park in Deep Cove from 12:30 – 3:00 (plunge is at 2:00pm) and includes a costume contest. (more info)

The White Rock Polar Bear Swim 2014 – Every New Year’s Day, hundreds of hearty souls plunge into Semiahmoo Bay by the famous ‘white rock’ near White Rock Pier. Second in size only English Bay’s Polar Bear Swim, White Rock’s chilly dip is the longest running in BC. Meet at the white rock located just east of the Pier for a 12noon start.. (more info)

Port Moody Penguin Plunge – Will this be the year you take the plunge into the frigid waters of Burrard Inlet? Even if you don’t want to brave the chilly water, come down and cheer on those crazy enough to do it. Registration begins at 12pm – the plunge happens at 1pm. Enjoy entertainment, refreshments and best of all – community spirit! (more info)

With expected temperatures at 5 degrees Celsius, and a sun in the forecast, why wouldn’t you want to take the plunge this New Year’s Day!

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